Stefano MastruzziStefano Mastruzzi – Director

Composition Diploma in the Conservatory of L’Aquila under guidance of Maestro Alessandro Cusatelli, Giampaolo Chiti, and Ivan Vandor; Classic Guitar Diploma attained in S. Cecilia Conservatory of Rome studying with Leonardo Leonardo Gallucci and Carlo Carfagna; Law Degree in La Sapienza University; Jazz Guitar scholarship in Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with Jim Kelly, Gary Burton, and Bret Willmott.

 

Composer, guitar player, and arranger, he writes music for orchestra, documentaries, short films, realizing hundreds of arrangements and several productions for many well-known musicians of both the pop and jazz area. As an author, in 2005 he published the ITALIAN JAZZ REAL BOOK, the first collection of Italian Jazz, from the 50’s to nowadays, distributed in Europe by Carish. Since 1988, he has been the Director of the Saint Louis College of Music, founder, and artistic director of the agency, Saint Louis Management, and of 4 independent recording labels (Jazz Collection, Urban49, Camilla Records, and ArtUro Sound).

Under his guidance, Saint Louis enriched his activity, from 120 students in 1998 to 1,600 currently enrolled; it opened 4 venues in the heart of Rome, the first in 2006, the fourth in 2015 and one in Brindisi (southern Italy) in 2010. St. Louis College of Music got acknowledged by the Ministry for Education, acknowledged by Regione Lazio, and got recognized in issuing Diplomas for both the 1st and 2nd cycle degrees.

 
As Editor, he published in 2006 “Jazz Moment”, a  photo collection of international characters who made the history of Saint Louis. He also created the free press magazine “Music In” in 2007. In 2011, he published “Italy of Jazz”, a photo history of Italian jazz by Adriano Mazzoletti.
 
Since 2001, he has been the artistic director of several international festivals, such as Jazz’s Cool (7 editions), Hate summer (3 editions), Jazz Stage (7 editions), Rock’s Cool (2 editions), and European Jazz Contest (8 editions ). In 2012, he gave new life, together with the essay writer and journalist Adriano Mazzoletti, to the National Jazz Archive.